Monday, October 27, 2014

The 6 Biggest Bathroom Trends for 2015

By Samantha Toscano

This year, the kitchen as we know it completely changed. Shelving opened up, cabinets went darker and metallic accents moved well beyond cabinet knobs. But come 2015, we can expect to see a major overhaul in a different room of the house -- the bathroom. Everything from sinks and color schemes to tubs and tiles will see some sort of upgrade, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association's style report as well as the trends we've seen in the decor sphere, and this is how we expect interior designers and homeowners everywhere to go about it...

Out With The Old: Coastal Cottage Style
In With The New: Clean Contemporary
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association's style report, more than 400 designers agreed there is a move toward simplicity in a cleaner, more contemporary way. That's not to say they are going to completely lose their more cozy, rustic charm for all-out glamour, but they will have cleaner lines and more minimalist modern vibe.

Out With The Old: Rain Showers
In With The New: Soaking Tubs
Forget about glass-encased showers -- these days it's all about the soaking and free-standing tubs, so much so that we can actually expect a decline in standard tubs with shower-surrounds.

Out With The Old: Bowl Sinks On Cabinets
In With The New: Under-Mounted Leggy Sinks
Looks like you're going to have to find somewhere else to stash those toiletries, because under the sink won't be a "trendy" choice next year. Also not so "in" anymore? Those bowl-shaped sinks we loved a few years is back.

Out With The Old: White Paint
In With The New: Shades Of Gray
Say sayonara to all the white. While it's still an incredibly popular choice for bathroom colors (along with blue and beige), the National Kitchen and Bath Association also found gray to be the fastest-growing shade for the bathroom.

Out With The Old: Granite Vanities
In With The New: Quartz Countertops
Despite what you may think from watching all that HGTV, there are options out there besides granite. Quartz, a huge player for 2015, is one of them.

Out With The Old: White Subway Tile
In With The New: Sleek, Black Tiles
Why let kitchens have all the fun with the dark, moodier features? Those trends are here to stay so skip the subway tile and opt for something bolder.

Cabinet-S-Top stays current with the latest design trends  bringing new ideas and inspiration to  your home. Cabinet-S-Top is located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~

Monday, October 20, 2014

Are Stone Floors Right for Your Home?

By Laura Gaskill

If you’re thinking about going with this hard-wearing material,here are important pros and cons to weigh

Stone floors are beautiful, sturdy and extremely long lasting — and they can work in just about any room in the house. In fact, they are one of the only flooring materials (aside from perhaps concrete) that can be used both indoors and out with ease. If you are considering making an investment in stone floors for your home, these pros and cons can help guide your decision-making process.

Pros of Stone Flooring

Stone lasts forever.
 There is a reason the most ancient structures built by humans that are still standing are made of stone — it’s an incredibly strong, hardy material. If you are designing a home you hope to live in for many years to come, stone floors are a solid choice. Compared to wood floors, which will eventually require refinishing, and engineered wood floors, which may need to be replaced after a time, stone floors require very little maintenance.

Stone used indoors and out creates a seamless flow. If you crave indoor-outdoor flow, using the same stone inside the house as outdoors is a great way to connect the two spaces. Especially when the stone is paired with large windows and sliding glass doors — or even a pivoting wall, as shown here — the effect is stunning.

Flooring: cleft green slate

Stone is naturally cool in warm weather. If your climate is warm or temperate, you will appreciate stone’s natural ability to stay cool to the touch, even when outdoor temperatures climb. Padding barefoot across a bare stone threshold in summer is an utterly satisfying feeling.

Stone floors work well with radiant heat. If winters are cold where you live, radiant heat beneath stone floors is a luxurious, energy-efficient way to heat your home. Stone conducts heat well, making it a top choice for radiant heat systems.

Flooring: cleft green slate

Stone floors help keep allergens at bay. If you or a family member suffers from allergies, stone floors may help in your efforts to keep dust and allergens out of the house. The hard, nonporous surface does not give allergens anywhere to hide, making cleaning more effective. Even “porous” stone, like marble, is not very porous compared to materials like wood, cork or carpeting.

Flooring: antique limestone in Dijon

Cons of Stone Flooring

Stone is expensive.
 There is no getting around it — stone is pricey. Choosing stone that is quarried locally is one way to cut down on costs, as shipping significantly boosts the price, but even a locally quarried stone floor costs far more than other options, like wood.

Flooring: cleft slate

Stone floors can be cold. If your climate is colder and you do not have radiant heat installed beneath those stone floors, they may feel quite chilly in winter. You can, of course, warm them up with rugs, but any exposed areas of floor will feel cold on bare feet.

Wet stone can be slippery. The finish and sealant can help make stone less slippery — ask your stone dealer for advice on the best methods for your application. But even with a honed finish, which is less slippery, stone can become quite slick when it gets wet. If you use stone floors in the bath or other areas where water may splash onto the floor, be sure to use nonskid mats.

Flooring: slate

Stone’s strength can make falls more dangerous.Active kids and older people with more fragile bones are both at risk for potentially damaging falls on stone floors. China and glassware are also more likely to break when dropped on a stone floor.

Stone is really heavy. Stone flooring requires skilled installation, along with a substrate that can handle the additional weight. It is crucial to check with a pro before purchasing stone flooring to make sure you will be able to install it where you want.

Flooring: Montauk Black Brazilian slate

Visit Cabinet-S-Top's showroom for your remodeling needs.

Cabinet-S-Top is located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256
~ 330.239.3630  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Get More From Your Kitchen Island

by Kathryn Peltier
Display, storage, a room divider — make your kitchen island

work harder for you with these examples as inspiration

Many kitchen islands open directly into another room. If you don’t require seating on that other side of your island, it’s a great opportunity to make the island serve purposes other than cooking and eating. When planning for an island, consider how it can be used to your advantage, whether it’s incorporating additional display space, extra storage or even strategically separating — or connecting — other spaces. Here’s how you can make your island work harder for you.

Get More Display and Storage

These open shelves wrap around the island to create display space on two sides. This makes for a much more eye-catching addition in an open floor plan. Can you imagine staring at solid planes of material here? Meanwhile, a small countertop at the opposite end still accommodates some island seating.

Although this island also has shelves below, the real eye catcher is the ceiling-hung shelves, which create a bright, casual cookware display. What a visual feast for diners!

Where seating is not required, think about incorporating bookshelves along the length of your island — perfect for all those cookbooks.

Full-height cabinets block kitchen messes, provide storage and hold a TV here.

Get a Divider or Transition

A simple, narrow dividing wall, which seemingly arises from the island, partially hides the cooking area and creates a stunning art wall. Notice how the sculpture niche is finished to match the cabinetry, creating the transition from kitchen to the living-dining area.

This island does double duty with a working kitchen side and a buffet dining side, but it doesn’t stop there: The beautifully detailed end wall hides any mess and creates a lovely focal point.

In this very open space, the island ends in a fabulous display area that looks like furniture. This concept blurs the line between cooking and living areas.

Want to hide your dirty dishes but still converse with the guests? Use meticulously detailed cabinetry as a horizontal backdrop to your dining area — much more interesting than drywall. A narrow continuation of the countertop even serves as a buffet space.

In the same space seen from the kitchen side, small cabinets actually form the top of the dining “wall” and provide storage — bonus!

Get Table Seating

In this kitchen a working island is paired with a built-in banquette, making an attractive, handy spot for dining. This would work equally well with a rectangular island.

Ease a Level Change

Many homes have a step or two from the kitchen to a living area, typically with a railing of some sort. Why not create a casual dining area as a buffer between the two instead, utilizing some great cabinetry?

Need help creating an awesome island for your kitchen?  Stop by Cabinet-S-Top (located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630) we'd be glad to assist you. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mix and Match Kitchen Materials for a Knockout Design

by Yanic Simard

Give your kitchen unexpected flavor by combining wood,
glass and more. Here’s how to get the mix right

The kitchen is all about mixing and matching. Experienced chefs often love to break away from that ho-hum recipe mold and create something new with a dash of unexpected flavor. Achieving this in your kitchen design is possible in many ways. Here are some of my best tips for combining materials to create a unique kitchen look that suits your individual taste.

I’m a huge fan of using a statement material for the island and a simpler surface for countertops, like in this recent client project in which two different quartz stones from
Cambria on the island and counter are mixed. And don’t hesitate to contrast quartz against marble, granite or other stones.

The key to mixing surfaces is to use tones that relate (by sticking to either cool or warm families) and also to use strong contrast so the mismatch is clearly intentional and beautiful. Pick a material with a grain or variation, and then use one of the grain tones for the solid surface. Here the dark zinc on the islands matches the grain tone of the polished Calacatta gold marble.

These material combinations are often applied to white kitchens. The white keeps the mix from looking too wild, yet the contrast gives the minimalist palette extra life. Here we see what I believe is a light Statuario marble island and darker Emperador marble counters.

Continuing a material theme with other surfaces helps tie everything together, such as using a marble-topped dining table (like the classic Saarinen style seen here) to pick up on a marble counter and backsplash.

You can also beautifully mix stone counters with butcher block. Take a cue from this room and use a demure, subtly patterned stone to avoid its fighting your wood grain.

Upper and Lower Cabinets
Another great way to mix in wood is to use a little on the lower cabinets (matching or lighter than the floor), and stick to the wall color on the uppers for a rich natural flair mixed with airiness.

Dark gray or a punchy color also works well on lower cabinets (with light uppers) to keep the eye moving without the feeling being claustrophobic.

For more drama, apply a dark color to the uppers instead, but stick to neutrals. A calm gray like this won’t crowd you in as much as a very saturated color — save that for a few small accents.

You can also try breaking up dark cabinets with glass door fronts to reduce the dark surface area.

Darker cabinets work well to frame the kitchen for a modern look, because they visually define where the kitchen starts and ends even if your floor plan is open.

For a traditional look, apply a dark finish to the island so it stands out from the main cabinets as its own furniture statement.

Mixed-Metals Magic
In modern and traditional spaces, copper is one of the hottest finishes of the year; it works best in small doses, like on a few pendants or hanging pots.

In general you shouldn’t be afraid to mix in a touch of a new, warm metal, like the brass pendants seen here, to add decadent contrast to stainless steel appliances or accents.

Matte black gunmetal also works wonders as a stunning counterpoint to shiny stainless steel.

Keep in mind, when mixing many materials and tones, it’s best to pick some themes to repeat to create a sense of harmony, such as using multiple shades of wood or sticking to only neutrals. When in doubt, wood, metal and glass make a classic trio.

One Last Idea
In this 
 project, wallpaper was used in the dining space as a kitchen backsplash, layered under a glass panel. This unusual use of material connects the adjacent spaces and makes a unique statement that stands up to passing trends.

As long as you combine materials you love in a way that feels right to you, you’ll achieve a look you’ll love beyond the passing of trends. So go ahead and mix with confidence!

Confused on how to mix and match materials and tones to achieve the best design for your kitchen?  At Cabinet-S-Top, our experienced designers have an eye for pulling together the right mix of materials that will harmonize and create a unique kitchen that suits your individual taste.  Let's get started, stop by our showroom located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~